The Taliban freed an American, Kevin King, and an Australian, Timothy Weeks, on Tuesday after holding them hostage for three years, Afghan officials said. The two men were freed after rebel commanders also were released in a prisoner exchange that had been delayed for several days. King and Weeks were working as instructors at the American University of Kabul when they were kidnapped in 2016. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced the exchange last week, calling it a way to build trust to restart peace talks that broke down in September. Three militants released included Anas Haqqani, a younger brother of the deputy Taliban leader and son of the Haqqani network's founder. An official in southern Zabul province said the release coincided with a 48-hour ceasefire.

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